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Will you participate in the ‘Truckers Ride for the Consitution?’

The "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" Facebook page has been calling drivers to participate in an Oct. 11 Washington, D.C., area convoy, demonstrations around the country through the 13th and more, likewise a buy-nothing solidarity gesture from the general public. Will you take part? Or not hardly...

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Hot Button: What would be the No. 1 effect of a wide owner-operator shutdown?

Opinion on the potential effects resulting from a wide shutdown has varied widely among Overdrive readers -- from a solid negative for truckers' public image to political leverage on regs.

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Wanted: Smarter, simpler, more streamlined trucking regulations

This op-ed by Colorado trucking association head Greg Fulton argues for "eliminat any unnecessary or outdated regulations. At the same time, we need to streamline the existing ones."

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Readers to government: ‘Clamp down on homeland spying’

A large majority of Overdrive readers favor limitations on the much-debated NSA spying effort.

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Hours changes premium: $300 down, more to come…

Wendy details losses incurred directly as a result of the new hours of service changes: "As of the 10th, we've lost approximately $300 due directly to the new laws."

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CARB mandate: ‘Government working against us’

From raising rates to running in the Golden State no longer, owner-operators sound off on methods of dealing with and impacts real and potential of CARB's powertrain upgrade requirements.

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Crashes and interventions: CSA’s crash flaw

Independent owner-operators have the lowest rate of truck-involved crashes but are far more likely to be put out of service than drivers for carriers with 500 or more trucks, which have a higher crash rate.

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Why confiscation is unlikely

Overdrive's Wendy Parker: "Here is a very basic, bare bones answer to the question of what process is required to make a change in the Bill of Rights: It's not easy to do."

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Truck GPS units aren’t the problem in NYC

New Jersey resident William Smith weighs in on the need for more accurate clearance signs in NYC and calls for operators to join him in pressing Congress.

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Putting agency heads in trucks makes good sense

It makes sense that if someone is going to regulate the trucking industry, he or she should get real-world experience by spending time riding in a tractor-trailer.

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